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Treatment for RA, SpA may not affect COVID-19 severity

Key clinical point: People with RA or spondyloarthritis can be kept on immunosuppressive medications, including tumor necrosis factor inhibitors and other biologics, if they develop COVID-19.

Major finding: Patients on biologic or targeted synthetic disease-modifying antirheumatic drugs for RA or spondyloarthritis did not fare worse with COVID-19, compared with the general population.

Study details: A case series of eight patients with confirmed or suspected COVID-19, and five asymptomatic patients with likely exposure, from a rheumatology treatment center in Italy.

Disclosures: Dr. Monti and colleagues reported no outside funding or financial conflicts of interest.


Monti S et al. Ann Rheum Dis. 2020 April 2. doi: 10.1136/annrheumdis-2020-217424.